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Comcast Says They Are Going to Offer VoIP.

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Tue, 11 Jan 2005 04:57:10 -0500

Three selected blog entries (the first and last are from the same


Comcast VoIP's service is no great bargain -- and I'm talking than
just the high price.

-Posted by @ 10:34 am (PDT)

I've been a Comcast broadband subscriber ever since they bought AT&T
Broadband Internet's business. I've even filed this entry over
my Comcast high-speed Internet connection, which happens to be

And I am here to tell you I am quite skeptical about the pricing
model, and the reliability justifications. Read my previous post to
get the details of these.

Let's take a look at the two "reliability" crucibles of Comcast's
intent to charge a small fortune ($39.95 for existing broadband
customers, $54.95 for a la carte) for VoIP.

Full story at:

January 10, 2005
Comcast to Offer Internet-Based Phone Service

You can almost hear the dark music of the Empire from Star Wars playing in the background. VOIP (Voice Over IP) is the future, there is no doubt about that. We are moving toward the future of convergence. One wire into your home that provides, Internet Access, Phone Service, and Television. Of course given my choice of ruthless Mega-Corporattions to be successful at this Comcast is the lowest on my list. They have a long standing reputation for being a company that rolls over to lawyers at the drop of a hat and they have a long history of poor customer service made even poorer when they run all the competition out of business. .....

Full story at:


The details on Comcast's VoIP play
-Posted by @ 10:14 am (PDT)

In a move that was widely expected, Comcast Corp. has announced it
would market its Digital Voice VoIP service to 15 million homes in 20
of its markets by the end of this year, and expand the service
system-wide next year. Comcast had been doing selective testing of
DigitalVoice for more than a year.

The price will be set at both a la carte and bundled levels, and will
include unlimited U.S. calling. For subscribers who receive their
broadband Internet service from competitors, such as Verizon or Qwest,
Comcast will charge $54.95 a month. Subscribers that already use
Comcast for broadband Internet will fork over an extra $39.95 a month.

My take on this pricing is that it is a little bit high. Discounting
the so-called "free" VoIP services, Comcast must compete against lower
prices from its established phone company competitors and discounted,
VoIP pure plays. For example, in Comcast's corporate home of
Philadelphia, Verizon's Voice Wing charges $34.95 a month, and
$24.95 if you get Verizon DSL.

Vonage's home user pricing plans are $24.95, but go as low as $14.95 a
month for 500 minutes.

Full story at:

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